What’s Happening in the Mountains for December 2020 / January 2021

By on December 2, 2020

Welcome to our Calendar! 
Due to COVID-19 many events have been cancelled. 
While every attempt has been made to provide accurate event listings, we urge you to confirm the information provided before making travel plans. With that said, come and see all that north Georgia and the southern Appalachians has to offer!

 

ARTS

 

1st & 3rd Tuesdays Every Month

Plein Air Painters of Hiawassee

Hiawasee, GA. Meet at ArtWorks and leave at 2pm for a local scenic spot to spend a fun afternoon painting with other artists. All media welcome. Bring supplies and equipment you can carry. Some walking on uneven ground may be required. Remember to bring some water and a hat. During winter months, we paint as long as afternoon temperature is at least 50 degrees. 2pm-5pm  ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts, 232B Chatuge Way, Hiawassee, GA. www.artworksgalleryga.com or 706-896-0932.

 

10/3 – 01/21

AIR 4th Qtr – Don Saunders “The Nature of Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, GA. Join us in welcoming award-winning, internationally-published nature photographer and author Don Saunders as our 4th Quarter Artist-in-Residence. The quality of Don’s work will leave you breathless as you view nature through the lens of his camera and his artistic eye. His subjects include landscapes, wildlife, and flora. Don is “constantly searching for those special moments and places where the light and subject combine to make the ordinary very extraordinary!” Opening reception is October 3, 5-7pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center, Website:  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144

 

11/21 – 01/3

Holiday Show & Sale

Blue Ridge, GA. Looking for that creative and unique holiday gift? Come in and shop this holiday exhibition with hundreds of hand-made items ranging from ornaments to pottery and paintings, all beautifully displayed within our Richard Low Evans Gallery… just in time for the holidays. Gift Certificates are also available. Opening reception will be November 21, 6-9pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center, Website: www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144.

 

11/21 – 01/3

SAAG Miniatures Show

Blue Ridge, GA. Big artistic talent in little works of art! Held in conjunction with the BRMAA Holiday Show & Sale, this unique exhibit is focused on miniature artworks created by the very talented artists of our Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG). Opening reception is November 21, 6-9pm. Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center, Website: www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, Phone: 706-632-2144.

 

12/6 – 1/5

4th Annual Juried Quilt & Fiber Exhibit

Ellijay, GA. Enjoy the handwork of regional artisans. Opening reception 12/6, 5-7pm. Free. Limited to 40 people, visit gilmerarts.com to reserve a space. Gilmer Arts Gallery

207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Open Wed – Sat 11a-5p, Sun 1-5pm. 706.635.5605

 

12/10

Storytelling in Ellijay- Holiday Edition

Ellijay, GA. Everyone has a story. All storytellers, poets, songwriters and listeners are WELCOME. Limit 5-7  minutes, first to sign-up. Be respectful. 6:30pm- 8:30 pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 3054. Phone: 706-635-5605 Website: www.gilmerarts.com

 

12/11 & 12/13

Board Members Art Show Reception & Silent Auction

Ellijay, GA. Board Members invite you to come see some of the art that moves them. They will have pieces from their homes on display and descriptions as to what drew them to the piece. Receptions: 12/11, 5pm-7pm. 12/13, 2pm-4pm. Limited to 40 people, visit gilmerarts.com to reserve a space. Gilmer Arts Gallery

207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Open Wed – Sat 11a-5p, Sun 1-5pm. 706.635.5605

 

1/8 – 3/3

Annual Juried Spring Exhibition

Ellijay, GA. Gilmer Arts Gallery

207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540. Open Wed – Sat 11a-5p, Sun 1-5pm. 706.635.5605

 

EVENTS

 

Ongoing Wednesdays

Cast-Off Pet Rescue Bingo

Blairsville, GA. Would you like to save dogs and cats and win money? Join us every Wednesday for Bingo Night! The Jackpot depends on YOU! If we at have least 60 players, jackpot will be $600.00. At least 80 players, jackpot will be $800.00. At least 100 players, jackpot will be $1,000.00!!! Doors 6 pm and games 7pm. Blairsville Civic Center, 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville, GA. 30512. For info: www.castoffpetrescue.org or call (706) 487-4539.

 

Ongoing Fridays

Hiawassee Night Market

Hiawassee, GA.  A  family-friendly, open-air night artist & artisan market featuring fresh produce,  food trucks, games, and live music. The market will be filled with excitement and fun. Night Market is the monthly destination for outdoor dining, shopping, and entertainment. 5pm- 10pm. Town Square at 19 S. Main Street, Hiawassee GA. http://hiawasseega.gov 

 

12/5 & 12/12

Jasper Farmer’s Market

Jasper, GA. Homegrown products and handmade arts & crafts. 9am-1pm. Park & Ride Lot at Lee Newton Park, Stegall Drive/Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Jasper, GA

 

12/26 & 1/30

Cars and Coffee Cruise-In

Ellijay, GA. North Georgia’s monthly meet of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. Held in beautiful Ellijay, Ga on the last Saturday of each month. Bring your everything on wheels and enjoy free coffee and donuts. 50/50 raffle and great conversation. 8am -11am. Riverside Pavillion on Main Street, Ellijay, GA  30540. Contact Information: Michael Johnson 843-814-3774  or mhjfedex@aol.com

 

HOLIDAYS

 

Ongoing

Sequoyah Regional Library System Virtual Holiday Events

Virtual! Visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org  to participate in a variety of virtual Holiday activities! Movies, Crafts, Puzzles, Games, Sing Alongs, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Story Time, Trivia and New Years! Free! Visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org or call 770.479.3090

 

11/15 – 12/15

3rd Annual Hometown Holidays

Pickens County, GA. Win one of three $100 Visa Gift Cards. Spend $25 in Pickens County between 11/15 – 12/5. Each receipt counts as one entry. Drop off receipts at the Pickens Chamber or email to info@pickenschamber.com. Entries must be received by 4pm Wed. 12/16 @ 4pm. Drawing held on 12/17 @ 1pm via Facebook Live at Pickens Chamber FB page.

 

11/24 – 12/12

8th Annual Gingerbread Village

Blue Ridge, GA. Gingerbread House Contest.  Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association. All Entries will be on display to the public from 12 noon Friday, November 27th through noon December 13th. Gingerbread Village is on display at The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Center, Website:  www.blueridgearts.net, Email: BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com, or 706-632-2144

 

11/24 – 1/6

Holiday Lights at Veteran’s Park

Canton, GA. This is a 2 mile drive thru Christmas light show. Sun – Thurs 6 to 9 pm

Fri – Sat 6 to 10 pm. Admission is $20 per car. Proceeds to benefit Anna Crawford Children’s Center, Papa’s Pantry, Veterans of Cherokee County, Play It Forward and Skills USA. Veteran’s Park, 7345 Cumming Highway Canton, GA 30115. Info: (770) 924-7768

 

11/26 – 12/26

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights 2020

Hiawassee, GA. A holiday treat for the entire family at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the Northeast Georgia mountains. The fairgrounds will be transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with special Christmas music provided by local churches, art & craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, and of course a visit and pictures with Santa! New for 2020: COWTOWN. A live exhibit with an old time creamery where you can prepare a cow for milking by hand. Kids get hands-on experiences with making butter, ice cream, and soap using historic tools and machines. “Home Made” just the way grandma used to do it! Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 -10PM. $6. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546. For info: 706-896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com

 

11/27 thru 12/20

Santa Express Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge, GA. Celebrate the season with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus in their specially decorated caboose and then enjoy a one-hour train ride with a Christmas story, singing and fun.  Each child will receive the traditional Blue Ridge Scenic railway sleigh bell and a candy cane. Due to ongoing concerns with Covid-19 Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be on the train this year.  They will be available for visits with the children in their specially decorated caboose at the Depot. We are sorry but children will not be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap or to hug him or Mrs. Claus. This is for the safety of our guests and Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Thank you for your understanding.  Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit: https://brscenic.com 

 

11/27 thru 12/27

First Annual Copper Basin Olde Town Christmas

Copperhill, TN & McCaysville GA. With a nod to the simpler times of days gone by, we are turning Copper Basin into a historic “Dickens-like” holiday shopping and dining destination! The City of Copperhill will deck the halls with  city-wide holiday décor to bring the vision to life! 1.8 miles of Holiday Fun!

12/5

Santa’s Reindeer Farm

McCaysville, GA. Step into a Winter Wonderland featuring two LIVE reindeer hitched to a sleigh for Family Photo ops!  Photos will be available for family purchase for $5 just in time for Holiday Greeting Cards. Noon – 2pm both days. Grace Medical parking lot at 34 Blue Ridge Dr McCaysville, GA 30555. 

Weekends 11/27 thru 12/27

Letters to Santa– Mail letters to Santa on Ocoee Street in between Mountain Attitude Designs and Treasure Chest!

Santa’s Workshop – Our very own Santa – Rip Mann– will be setting up his ‘workshop’ inside his Christmas is Here store inside the Riverwalk Shops.

Children’s Story Train – Copper Express (‘Twas The Night Before Christmas) Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Historical Photo Station– Our very own Pic & Vine will offer Historic Holiday Family Photos, great for Greeting Cards, Gifts or Just for Fun!

 

12/1 – 12/31

Tour of Trees

Blairsville, GA. Over 40 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display throughout the Community Center. Free! M – F 9am-5pm. Blairsville Chamber of Commerce. Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Rec Rd, Blairsville, GA. http://www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or call 706-745-5789

 

12/5

Light Up the Basin & Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade

Copperhill, TN. & McCaysville, GA. Save the date for the Copperhill Kiwanis Club 61st Annual Christmas Parade and Light UP the Basin.  Always held (weather permitting) the first Saturday in December. 

 

12/5

Light Up Ellijay- A Small Town Holiday Celebration

Ellijay, GA. Activities include arts and craft vendors set up on board street during the day and through the evening events. There is a lighted Christmas parade at 6:00pm, following the lighting of the Christmas tree. The tree is lit to the sounds of carolers are 5:30pm. Info: www.gilmerchamber.com or 706-635-7400.

 

12/5

14th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Outdoor Christmas Market

Blue Ridge, GA. Safe shopping- an outdoor Christmas Market under cover in the open air church pavilion plus indoor shopping in the church. Please wear masks indoors and social distance indoors and outdoors. Kitchen goodies and treats will be available for sale. Free parking. Free admission. Handicap accessible. St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, GA . 706 632-8245 or StLukesBlueRidge@gmail.com.

 

12/5, 12/12 & 12/19

Santa Pavilion

Blue Ridge, GA. Embark on a magical train ride to the sister towns of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa Pavilion! Children will not be allowed to sit with or hug Santa and Mrs. Claus. Thanks for your understanding. As always, our number one priority is the safety of our guests. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit: https://brscenic.com 

 

12/20

Family Fun Night- Santa & a Movie

Ellijay, GA. Join us at the Playhouse for Santa and a movie. Milk and cookies. There will be two showings of Prancer. Santa will visit with the kids after the first showing and before the 2nd showing of the movie. Admission is a few canned goods. Seating is limited to 40 people, so register to attend this event soon! Two showings: 3pm and 6pm. George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton St .Ellijay, GA 3054. Phone: 706-635-5605 Website: www.gilmerarts.com

 

12/21

Virtual Event: Christmas Rag Trees & Ornaments

Virtual! It’s the most craft-iful time of the year! Join Ms. Deborah from our Hickory Flat Public Library and Ms. Crystal from our Pickens County Library for some holiday crafts! Make your very own Christmas Rag Tree and a “Let It Snow” ornament. 10am. This event can be viewed live on the Sequoyah Regional Library’s official Facebook page. Visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org

 

12/31

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Hiawassee, GA. We’ve all had enough of 2020, so come out to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and help us usher in 2021 with bang! Hot Chocolate, BBQ, and Hotdogs available for sale. Fireworks at 8:45. Free! Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Visit: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

 

12/31

New Year’s Midnight Train

Blue Ridge, GA. Come aboard and party with us as we celebrate the New Year! We will serve wine, beer, champagne, and hors d’ oeuvres during the event. Please check the TRAIN SCHEDULE for various dates and times. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Visit: https://brscenic.com 

 

MUSIC

 

Every Evening

Bell Music from the Tower

7:00pm – 7:30pm. At the Historic Courthouse on the Square in Downtown Blairsville, GA. Free! Contact (706) 745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org


Sundays

Live Music at Rocco’s

Rocco’s Pub, 47 Mountainside Village Parkway, Jasper, GA. Contact 706.253.1900 or visit http://roccosjasper.com

 

Fridays

Concert Series at the Old Courthouse

Blairsville, GA. Free! 7pm. Old Historic Courthouse, 1 Town Square, Blairsville GA. For info: Union County Historical Society 706-745-5493 or www.unioncountyhistory.org/

 

3rd Friday Every Month Returns 11/20

Live Music Acoustic Blends

Listen to a Variety of Quality Music Acts … or Join the Jam! Bring your own libations and munchies. 7 pm. Free & Public Invited. For info please contact Gilmer Arts 207 Dalton St. Ellijay, GA 30540. 706-635-5605. Visit www.gilmerarts.org

 

Weekends 

Live Music at Engelheim Vineyards

Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

 

Weekends

Fannin Brewing Company

Live Music in the Bier Garden at Fannin Brewing: 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. www.fanninbrewingcompany.com or 706.258.2762

 

Weekends

Cartecay Vineyards

Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

 

Weekends

Chateau Meichtry Vineyards

Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175.
Info: (706) 502-1608 or www.chateaumeichtry.com.

 

Weekends

Live Music at Mystic Mountain Pizza

Blue Ridge, GA. We’re excited to showcase some of the Groovy local live talent. Mystic Mountain Pizza, 4118 E First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.facebook.com/topstreet1, mysticmountainpizzaco.com or 706-946-0378.

 

Weekends

Live Music at Mystic Mountain Pizza

Blue Ridge, GA. We’re excited to showcase some of the Groovy local live talent. Mystic Mountain Pizza, 4118 E First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Info: www.facebook.com/topstreet1, mysticmountainpizzaco.com or 706-946-0378.

 

2/13

The Drifters / The Platters / Cornel Gunter’s Coasters

Hiawassee, GA. Live in Concert! “The longest running music show in Las Vegas History” – The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and The Platters. Three rock and roll hall of fame legends on the same stage, for one night only. Level 1: $40.00 + handling. Level 2: $30.00 + handling. Tickets on sale now. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Visit: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com or (706) 896-4191

 

THEATER

 

11/27 thru 12/13

Gift of the Magi 2.0

Blue Ridge, GA. Gift of the Magi 2.0 re-imagines O. Henry’s holiday classic Gift of the Magi, setting the tale in Atlanta in the 1950s. This affecting adaptation centers around a local streetcar driver who’s struggling to stay afloat during the Atlanta Transit strike. Christmas is around the corner, and the young man is determined to find a way to buy his wife the perfect gift, without realizing she’s doing the same for him. This play tells the story of love, sacrifice and the blessings that we take for granted. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

 

12/17 – 12/20

Annie- A Broadway Musical

Blue Ridge, GA. Little orphan Annie is taken from her orphanage, and the clutches of evil Miss Hannigan, to stay at billionaire Oliver Warbuck’s mansion for the holidays. Annie wins the hearts of Warbuck’s, and they set out on an epic mission to find Annie’s parents. Meanwhile, Miss Hannigan, in partnership with her brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, attempt to make some money out of this unique situation. The stories become intertwined as  Annie’s story hits the national spotlight. Thursday & Friday at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:30. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets & Info: (706) 632-9223. Visit: www.blueridgecommunitytheater.com

 

WINE & BEER TASTINGS

 

Open Every Day

Engelheim Vineyards 

Ellijay, GA. Engelheim Vineyards 127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call 706-635-WINE (9463) or visit www.engelheim.com.

 

Ongoing

Cartecay Vineyards 

Ellijay, GA. Wine Tastings on the Chimney Patio or the Nealey Barn Loft. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30535. Call 706. 698. 9463 (WINE) or visit www.cartecayvineyards.com

 

Ongoing 

Cartecay Wine & Craft

Ellijay, GA. Cartecay Wine & Craft is a tasting room of Cartecay Vineyards’ located in Historic Downtown Ellijay, serving our wines, other GA Wines and GA Craft Beers.19 South Main Street Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Phone: 706-697-9463 or www.facebook.com/cartecaywineandcraft/

Daily

 

Ongoing 

Chateau Meichtry

Talking Rock, GA. Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Info: (706) 502-1608 or www. chateaumeichtry.com.

 

Ongoing

Crane Creek VIneyards 

Young Harriss, GA. Tapas Fridays with live acoustic music. Saturday Vinters Tours. Open Tuesday – Sunday. 16 Crane Creek Road | Young Harris, GA 30582. 706.379.1236. cranecreekvineyards.com

 

Saturdays

Out Of The Blue Wine Tasting

Blue Ridge, GA. Drinking alcohol is just drinking. Wine is a lifestyle. Gourmet Living. We sell fine wine, cheeses, and beer along with specialty kitchen items. Wine tastings Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Out of the Blue, 647 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, 706-258-2750. Visit www.outofzbleu.com

 

Ongoing

Copperhill Brewery

Copperhill, TN. High quality craft brews, stop in and experience ours! Monday – Saturday: Noon to 8 PM Sunday: Noon to 5 PM. Copperhill Brewery – 105 Ocoee Street – Copperhill, TN  37317. Info: 423-548-3030 or copperhill brewery.com

 

Ongoing Thurs – Sun

Buck Bald Brewing

Copperhill, TN. Monday- 2 – 8pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Noon to 8pm, Sunday – Noon to 6pm. Buck Bald Brewing, 160 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317. Info: 706.431.7141 or https://buckbaldbrewing.com

 

Ongoing Thurs – Sun

Fannin Brewing Company

Blue Ridge, GA. 3758 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706.258.2762 or www.fanninbrewingcompany.com

 

Ongoing Thurs – Sat

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Blue Ridge, GA. Dog & kid friendly. 1315 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA. 770-331-8870/404-966-2665, grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

 

Ongoing Mon- Sun

Valley River Brewery & Eatery

Murphy, NC. Located in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC at 71 Tennessee Street. 828-837-BEER or www.valleyriverbreweries.com

 

Ongoing Thurs- Sun

Cartecay River Brewing Co.

Ellijay, GA. Thurs – Sun. Craft beers on the river. At 26 River Terrace, Ellijay, GA 30540. Info: (706) 395-8935 or www.cartecayriverbrewing.com

 

Ongoing

Currahhee Brewing Co.

Franklin, NC. Mon-Thur 12-9 PM // Fri & Sat 12-10 PM // Sunday 12-8 PM. 100 Lakeside Dr, Franklin, NC 28734. Info: 828.634.0078 or www.curraheebrew.com

 

Please be aware of closings and cancellations due to COVID-19. 

 

We recommend checking events before making
travel plans as dates and times can change.

 

Editor’s Note: While we try our best to include everyone, we’re sure we’ve missed some Happenings along the way. 

 

If you’d like to be included in our CALENDAR, please email the information to alice@blueridgemediagroup.com or call 706. 492. 5070